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and i'm sorry i voted for this man because he has no spine whatsoever. lindsey graham or john mccain? really? i'm sorry i voted for this man. >> bill: don't be sorry you voted for him. i think this is a fight he could have won. i think it's a wishfight he should have fought >> caller: he is weak and it's like the first time when he caved on the single pair. >> bill: we have seen him cave before. i love him. but i am not going to hesitate to say when he is wrong. i think he is wrong. i saw him. i was at that news conference right after the election when somebody asked him about susan rice and he was on fire. he came out and he said, don't mess with her. if you have a problem, mess with me. i think they thought it would cost too much political capitol. a lot of people said look, president obama should not waste too much political capitol on susan rice. i kept saying no no, no. he's got to fight this fight. he decided not to. i think it's a big mistake. veronica in onianta, new york. >> hi, bill how is it going? okay. number one, first of all, the repub
they be john mccain or lindsey graham or other senators who have spoken out against her, i doubt it. we live in a age when if there's a fight to be had, a fight will be had. there is always political advantage being sought here, and i don't think this is going to mean anything in terms of a softening of the president's -- or opposition to the president's agenda or other appointments that might come down the line. speaking of which, one of the odder by-products of this entire episodes as it has dragged on is the republican endorsement of john kerry for that job. we've heard an endless stream of republicans come forth and endorse john kerry. as a matter of fact, i just saw john kerry coming out of a briefing on, guess what? a closed briefing from the dni, james clapper, on benghazi. senators were being presented with new photographic and video evidence that chronicled what happened that night, september 11th, of course, the night of the attack that claimed the life of ambassador chris stevens and others. john kerry did not stop. there's no medimmediat -- anoth scrum waiting to see what his rea
to the senate after all the criticism that she got from john mccain and lindsey graham and other key republican senators after her appearance on the sunday shows talking about the incident in benghazi. they were so angry because they say she disseminated false information about the causes of that attack. we all know the story there. we don't need to rehash it. she was given these talking points by the intelligence community. she was merely saying what they had instructed her to say. but the senators, these republican senators blamed her for using them when they say she knew they were false. she has clearance, security clearance, she had access to what had actually happened, or at least the best judgment for the classified material at that time. be that as it may, she made that trip up to capitol hill. john mccain, lindsey graham still rather forthright in their opposition, but really raised a red flag with the white house was a moderate like susan collins or bob corker expressing serious reservations. while not saying they would oppose any nomination were to it come. one of the strangest things
of state. and i hate to see her drummed out of there by john mccain and lindsey graham on false charges, number one. and number two, i know everybody says you just have to pick your battles, you know. a lot of people were telling the president, i'm sure, yeah, she would be great but you can't afford to make this your first fight of this -- the end of this year, the beginning of the next year. you've got -- you can't waste your political capital on this. i'm sorry the president decided not to do it. i think he should have fought right down to the finish line with susan rice. i would rather go down in flames fighting for susan rice than give in to john mccain and lindsey graham. >> jennifer: you know, i know you have to pick your battles. i've been in that situation before. i know he's battling over the cliff. we'll talk about that in a second. but it is an interesting series of dominoes that fall here. susan rice does not get secretary of state. obviously john kerry will get that. he's the senator from massac
to it to realize this is a mistake. when i heard it, when john mccain heard it, we immediately knew it was a story that just didn't fly. maybe because we have a lot more experience than she does. >> i interviewed john mccain and lindsey graham this week who both said this. watch this. >> the fact is she not only gave wrong information, but she gave the party line that, for example, that al qaeda is decimated. al qaeda is not decimated. that our embassies and consulates are secure. they are not secure. so everybody -- we are all responsible for what we say. so we'll go through the process, if she is nominated, and we'll see. >> i think the intelligence was sanitized or created a false narrative. i've seen this movie where. >> would you object to her becoming secretary of state personally? >> personally i don't believe she would serve the country well in that capacity. >> we're willing to give her the nomination process, but she's got a lot to prove. >> i mean critics are saying, look, she's basically been stitched up here by a lot of older guys in the republican party who have looked at a bright yo
. john mccain, lindsey graham from south carolina seemed more furious after they came here than beforehand. so it seemed pretty clear susan rice's nomination, if it were submitted, would be a serious fight that perhaps the president did not want at this point with so much else he's trying to get accomplished heading into his second term. >> gretchen: back to ed henry. i'm wonder, is john kerry cracking the champagne right now? >> there's no doubt. i was speaking to a democrat a few moments before the news broke who was telling me around town a lot of people in senator kerry's orbit are talking about the likely possibility. i will also add to our point about the dira
is kind of the pick of john mccain and lindsey graham and those guys. he already has those votes, presumably. there's really no down side in terms of him just kind of -- >> do you think that's true? meagan? no matter what kerry does he is sort of tough on because he has mccain and graham's endorsement? >> presumably. there is something he could do, but he does have friends. he is one of the senators in the era when people still had friends on the other side of the aisle. i think it's quite likely that is he going to go through if -- and then scott brown, it looks like, is going to be our next senator in massachusetts. >> maybe. we'll be talking about that in the next block, which is a great segue. thank you, meagan. p.j. crowley, unfortunately, my friend, as usual, we don't have enough time to ask you all the questions. thank you for joining us. >> a pleasure, alex. >>> the latest 2016 buzz is not necessarily about hillary clinton or chris christie, but another notable face that has reached similar highs and lows. witness argo versus -- we will examine ben affleck's senate prospe
mccain. you said since john mccain and lindsey graham are like a human circular centipede -- they're like a senator-pede, part of the same organism. >> they keep feeding and defecating the same talking points into each other's mouths constantly. >> stephanie: lindsey graham of course repeated exactly what john mccain said. as you say they eat the same [ bleep ] in an endless loop. like a senator-pede. >> the siamese senators. and it's become so boring on sunday mornings. you know. now it is either mccain, graham or which other boring senator is going to be on there? >> stephanie: at any rate, i was saying -- what is your prediction on the susan rice thing? i've heard people saying he's not going to nominate her now. it is a shame. it really is. >> no, i think that at this point, if he were to nominate her, it would be a direct confrontation. it could be a way to call them out. and to say -- and to force them to say okay, what do you really have? i think -- i don't know. i think he's in a confrontat
critical of susan rice in the republican party in the senate, in particular john mccain and lindsey graham, if you look at the records of susan rice versus john kerry, you would assume that ideologically susan rice, a little bit closer to a mccain or a graham, a little more of an interventionist, if you will. think about where she was on libya. where john kerry, much more cautious, as many veterans are when it comes to military conflicts, when it comes to u.s. intervention. so i think that, you know, the president certainly was getting advice saying, this is going to be a tough lift. you can get her confirmed. but just keep that in mind. you've got a lot of issues to go through, congress. and if you don't think she is the best person over and above everybody else, ask yourself whether you want that kind of fight or not. so look, i think that susan rice handled this very well. and now his position -- the next big opening is hers. >> you're our political director, chuck. what does this do to the republican party? who got absolutely skewered in the last campaign, especially among voters who w
's an interesting question, coral is whether the president would say all right, john mccain and lindsey graham, you want to fight you've got one. >> it looks like at the offset, that's what he was doing. we've really seen the president in his post-election press conference -- >> bill: i was there in the front row. he was pissed. >> he was pissed. he was fighting back. he seemed ready to put his back into it. it seemed that that was the strategy. we're not backing down on this. as time goes on, the question becomes as much as you fight you can't get those votes. if you can't get those votes you don't get your candidate. there's another issue too. in his second term, the president's going to probably have to confirm -- get a lot of cabinet members through. so you kind of have to pick and choose your battles because you do need to have people -- he's going to need a treasury secretary. probably going to need an energy secretary. you can't have a protacted fight about every single one of those. he's probably going to -- likely h
with senators john mccain, kelly ayotte, lindsey graham, susan collins. if the white house really wants to put her in the position and get her confirmed, they probably want to rip that band-aid off and do it soon. anything later might be tougher for her just because there's a drip drip of information that could end up hurting her candidacy. >> i want to plak a jokey joke moment between senator john kerry and senator mccain. >> senator mccain. >> thank you very much, mr. secretary. >> thank you very much, mr. president. this is what happens when you get two losers up here, folks. we're just having fun. >> they're just having fun. obviously, though, a little sensitivity. folks in d.c. wanted to be clear they know that was a joking moment. nevertheless you know folks when you hear these things they wonder what's next for senator kerry. >> one of the big parlor games is a lot of democrats believe that one of the reasons you had republicans go so hard after susan rice is they would prefer to see john kerry at secretary of state mainly because that would trigger a special election in massachusetts w
think it should be a fight or not is a separate question. he was going to have a fight. it was john mccain, kelly ayotte, lindsey graham, the three of those senators who were mounting this fight. others who were concerned about the fact that susan rice got certain information about what happened in benghazi, came on "meet the press," described it in the way that was consistent with the information that she was given despite the fact that there were differences within the government about whether this was an attack or a spontaneous event. and the reality is i think that that was a smaller issue than the larger issue of debate, which is what does america do in terms of its footprint in countries like libya where we have fewer forces and we don't really want to reconstitute the entire country. that's what i think the debate was all about. but, again, it comes back to the political reality that the president had a personal fight on his hands. this is a friend of his. this is somebody who has served as national security team in a very close way going back to his campaign. was u.n. ambassador. s
to do to prove herself to people like john mccain and lindsey graham. >> she's come across as a very aggressive and a partisan person who has been carrying water for the administration. i think she needs to be a very thoughtful person when she's going through these -- if she is nominated -- going through the confirmation hearings because it's going to be very dicey. this is becoming radioactive. she hasn't even been nominated and we're seeing all these problems and questions regarding it. now, in terms of senate democrats, if i were a senate democrat, i would be frustrated because one of their own, senator john kerry, is standing in the wings. and i don't think they want to get into a battle over susan rice. i think they would much rather have john kerry because they know who he is. >> maria, same question. what does she have to do, then? >> here's the frustration. i'll say what she has to do, but here's the frustration with this whole discussion. the focus is so much on what she said or didn't say, whether she carried the party line or not. can we remember another secretary of state
. everything will be on the table as john mccain, joe lieberman and lindsey graham tomorrow night. that's all for us right now. "ac 360" starts right now. >> piers, thanks. good evening, everyone. we begin as we do every night, keeping them honest. looking for facts, not supporting democrats or republicans. our goal is just report, finding the facts, finding the truth. we did that last week. again, the more we look into it, the more we find people in powerful and influential places saying things that just don't square with the facts. it's about a u.n. treaty that failed to be ratified by the senate. a treaty that was meant to encourage other countries to be more like the u.s. on equal rights of the disabled. if other countries adopted better treatment of their disabled citizens, the idea is that disabled americans who visit or live in other countries would also benefit. 125 countries ratified the treaty. it was supported by george bush, signed by the current president, and has support from both sides of the aisle like john mccain and bob dole himself a world war ii veteran. he was wheeled ont
covered intensely. the meetings that she had with john mccain and lindsey graham but more importantly with people who she mahad meetings with tha were on the fence. instead of answering what the senator thought were mundane questions, she got very defensive and the feelings about susan collins and others, if she can't deal with united states senators who are kind of fellow americans, so to speak, how is she going to be on the world stage when she's dealing with some of the world's foes. so that was a big concern here. it certainly was political as well. that was a big concern from those senators who were not as political. there's a lot of respect for her. people think that she's very, very smart, that she knows the issues. there is some concern, not just from republicans but also democrats i've talked to about her personality, whether she had the personality to be the secretary of state and to represent the u.s. on the world stage. >> those statements, i take it, from either senator mccain, lindsey graham or ayotte? >> reporter: senator graham told me especially there was no way he wa
. >> there are numerous republicans, john mccain, lindsey graham, a barraso who sates i would support john kerry as secretary of state who in their words would cruise through a nomination. and how would an affect if those two are in place? >> if you like what's in the last four years, you're going to get more of the same. deep defense cuts. if you had john kerry as secretary of defense. what we need is a strong secretary of defense, in spite of drawdowns and budget cuts is going to project strength. john kerry is not going to do that. he was against the gulf war, he was for the iraq war before he was against it, and he wanted to withdraw from afghanistan sooner than 2013. along those lines he's got a track record that sort of diminishes defense capability as opposed to building it up. we can't afford that. >> who would you like to see on this? >> i'm not in a position to make that kind of nomination. drastically different perspective than these two, and another piece on these they're differential to international institutions, u.n., criminal courts, that i think that diminishes american democrac
is bipartisan. so people like lindsey graham and john mccain know him and respect him. so i think he will breeze through the confirmation. >> well, with that, i want to play a sound bite of both those two senators that you just mentioned, their reaction today to the choice. here it is. >> we have known john kerry for many years. we have confidence in john kerry's ability to carry out the job. >> i think senator kerry was a very solid choice by the president. he has a lot of experience. he has been on the foreign relations committee for a very long time. he knows most of the world leaders. >> the susan rice/benghazi witch-hunt, what is your reaction to that? >> well, keep in mind john kerry is barack obama's first choice. susan rice wasn't a choice. she got tied up into the politics of benghazi. but this is who the president likes, believes in. kerry gave obama that great nominating speech slot in 2004. but kerry has been able to be bipartisan in the true sense. he has been able to cut deals and work with senators -- senator murkowski is a friend of his from alaska, for example. this is going to
. at least lindsey graham and john mccain seem to be of one mind on this. >> going back to john mccain, though, this is a case of senatorial stalking. he was -- he had to give up the chairmanship of the armed services committee. he was term limited out in terms of the republican roles, so he went looking for another place where he could kind of do the same thing. >> he has found a corner of his own, but i think what is ironic here, mark, is that the republicans have rallied around john kerry anti-war hero who they swift boated less than ten years ago as the new secretary of state. >> the voice of reason. no, it's amazing to see how this happens. he and john mccain are best friends again. he called him mr. president the other day. what did he call him, mr. secretary. >> mr. secretary and mr. president. >> anyway, yes. >> karen, does the president lose face if he backs down on susan rice? >> he does. so i think the president's condition is going to continue to be bring it on. i do. >> bring it on, she says. thank you to my friends here for bringing it on. that is all for now. i will
the >> also today senators john mccain, lindsey graham, and kelly ayotte responded to a report about the benghazi attack. it said deficiencies at the state department led to the attack. >> good afternoon, i am joined by other senators to comment on the tragedy surrounding benghazi. it has been more than three months after the attack that killed four americans, including the ambassador. the american people are beginning to get the answers they deserve, but there are more relevant questions that still need to be answered. the report of the state department's accountability board -- review board is a serious and credible effort that identifies failures of officials and institutions in the department. several people have lost their jobs. it is a good start, but only a start. the tragedy raised other serious questions about our military, intelligence community, and perhaps most importantly the administration's so-called light footprint approach to libya. it does not provide answers to these questions because it never asked them. eight is essential for the department to conduct an accounta
's also deeply political, you know. john mccain is a terribly sore loser. susan rice said some things in 2008 defending her candidate for president. he's never forgiven her. lindsey graham, all the man cares about is fighting off a tea party challenger. he gets to go back to south carolina and he gets to say i thwarted the president, the newly-reelected president, and i took down a wonderful african american woman. i have to say i don't know that they're deliberately putting race in the equation, but maybe there's something unconscious about it. but a lot of the people who have been targeted in the situation have been african americans. i don't know how it works out that way. but it has. it's a sad day. susan rice will be fine. she's going to go on and do great things for the country. but we've lost a public servant. and the president has been thwarted. and i think this boeds terribly for the supposed, new bipartisan cooperation that we're all supposed to hope for. >> congresswoman, we've also seen a blatant double standard. in november, matt lowe, he con fronted mccane about why he s
to give her a break. see what she has to say. mccain, lindsey graham and colin, couple -- and ayotte spent hours with her behind closed doors and came out with a face like uh-oh, this is going to be a problem. they were trying to give her the benefit of the doubt and realized they couldn't she has no choice. >> dana: there is an art of floating somebody's fame for something, they didn't do it well. >> andrea: they created this mess from day one. they floated her name. they are the ones that pushed it. now, they think this is good for them. it really do think this is good for them. the president issued a statement that said we can't believe, we're disappointed in republicans. if i were her, i would say you know what? spare me. you have have done enough to hurt me. now i look like a victim. she should have said weeks ago i think we talked about this on america's newsroom, she should say i don't want it. >> dana: happy where i am. >> bob: if you float a name for secretary of state and don't do it by giving her talking points on controversial issue and put it on a talk show. >> dana: that aren
, senator john mccain's office released a statement saying, he wishes her well but will continue to seek all the facts about what happened in benghazi. last night senator lindsey graham echoed that. >> we're not going to let this go. how could for seven hours nobody come to the aid of the people during the attack? why did we leave the consulate open? where was the president when the british decided to close their consulate in june? and afterwards, how did the intelligence get so screwed up for lack of a better word? so we're going to keep pressing this so we can learn from it, not have it happen again. >> with susan rice out of the running, the spotlight immediately turns to senator john kerry. a white house official tells nbc news it's almost certain kerry will be the next secretary of state. saying, quote, there were two people on the list, two minus one is one. leaving capitol hill last night, kerry, let's just say he was coy with reporters. >> earlier today and i'm just going to continue to do my work. >> kerry released a statement praising rice as a dedicated public serveant saying in p
lindsey graham and john mccain, her two fiercest critics. she then met with senator susan collin a moderate. she also came out of the meeting saying, i actually have more questions now than i did before. so if you couldn't get the moderate republican to vote for you for secretary of state, the writing was probably on the wall. >> brian: what i thought was totally out of bounds with andrea mitchell said yesterday in her evaluation and analyzing what this means in terms of politics with her backing out, she brought up the gender factor and the race factor. listen. >> i think that this had become sort of an impossible challenge for her to be confirmed. she realized that. the white house realized it as well. i think they know that they are on good political, solid ground, as you were pointing out. this is not going to heparins at all, the fact that a woman and a woman of color has been forced out of the confirmation process before she was nominated. >> gretchen: nothing to do with it. >> steve: look, it was george w bush, a republican, who placed in the job of secretary of state a wo
senator kelly ayotte along with her fellow senators, lindsey graham and john mccain in a fairly blistering assessment of the report that came out from the accountability review board on what happened in benghazi. and we have a couple of experts here who can talk about what she is senators had to say just now. judy miller, fox news contribute tore, who has made many, many trips reporting to that part of the world. rick grenell, spokesman for four u.s. ambassadors to the united nations. in particular senator graham suggested, i mean he was asking the question, essentially, what did the president know and when did he know it? there are some real questions to be asked raised by this report, this accountability review board report about what happened in benghazi. >> yeah. we were taking notes. i think actually the headline for me was that secretary clinton may have not sat for interviews for this report. senator graham was questioning whether or not she actually was interviewed. if that's the case, jon, that's outrageous that we have a sitting secretary of state who said, i take responsibility
not bode well for the trial balloon of chalk .eguck hagel we have seen john mccain say they are going to vote for him. chuck hagel has been questioned by a number of republicans. lindsey graham is considered a more moderate republican. there is a concern with hagel and the pro-israel lobby. they tried engagement with iran for the first year of the administration and went to the toughest sanctions in history. hagel has been an opponent of those sanctions. if he changed his view, i think that would improve his chances. look at where he is on the foreign policy debate. obama has taken positions that are more to the center than hagel. host: if senator kerry becomes secretary of state, what does he bring? guest: john kerry will have to navigate the new relationship with political islam. as countries open up more and become more democratic, part is affiliated with the muslim brotherhood will have so far done very well. we're just at the beginning of the kind of new face with political is long. the united states has had a relationship with the muslim brotherhood for 100 years. that is often
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